Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 21, 2013 @ 10:52:51 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
Several sources claim that the New York Mets have agreed to terms with 1B Ike Davis on a one-year deal worth $3.125 million, avoiding arbitration.

1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams has lost 10-15 pounds during the offseason and said he feels stronger, as a result of eating healthier.

1B | Steve Pearce | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles re-signed 2B Travis Adair, 1B Steve Pearce and C Chase Weems to minor-league contracts Friday, Jan. 18. Adair is the son of Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair.

1B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Mat Gamel (knee) is apparently "100 percent, physically," according to the team's trainers. Gamel tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in May of last season. "He's gone to rehab all winter long and he is 100 percent," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "The only thing he hasn't done is gotten on the field and participated in games. That part we don't know, but physically, he's fine."

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with 1B Chris Davis, RP Brian Matusz and P Troy Patton Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to one-year deals with each of them. Davis will make $3.3 million, Matusz will earn $1.6 million and Patton will receive $815,000 in 2013.


Second Baseman

2B | Kolten Wong | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras and 2B Kolten Wong might receive ample playing time with extended spring and veterans away at the World Baseball Classic. However, general manager John Mozeliak downplayed the idea of either prospect breaking camp unless a regular sustained a significant injury.

2B | Daniel Descalso | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday, Jan. 20, that 2B Daniel Descalso enters spring training as the team's starting second baseman. "I'm very comfortable with what Descalso has done there. If you see an uptick in his offense then he's an ideal contributor," Mozeliak said.

2B | Ryan Raburn | free agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Indians are close to an agreement on a minor league deal with free-agent OF Ryan Raburn (Tigers). The contract will include an invitation to spring training.

2B | Jonathan Herrera | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies INF Jonathan Herrera filed at $1 million for salary arbitration, and the Rockies countered at $800,000.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy filed at $3.4 million for salary arbitration, and the Mets countered at $2.55 million.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker filed at $3.6 million for salary arbitration, and the Pirates countered at $3 million.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham avoided arbitration Friday, Jan. 18, by signing a one-year deal worth $2.925 million.


Shortstop

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks recently discussed the feasibility of a trade that would have sent OF Justin Upton to the Cubs, according to two major league sources. The deal fell apart when the Diamondbacks asked for SS Starlin Castro in return for Upton.

SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Justin Sellers was arrested Saturday, Jan. 19, in West Sacramento, Calif., after being spotted by police doing "wheelies" on his motorcycle. When officers attempted to pull him over, he took off. Sellers eventually turned himself in following a brief chase.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman suggested if the team does not add any more parts between now and the start of the season, 1B Russ Canzler, OF Matt Diaz or INF Eduardo Nunez would be the likely designated hitter candidates for Opening Day. If 3B Kevin Youkilis were used as the DH, Nunez would man third base.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Cliff Pennington filed at $2.8 million for salary arbitration, and the D-backs countered at $1.8 million.

SS | Mike Aviles | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Mike Aviles filed at $3.4 million for salary arbitration, and the Indians countered at $2.4 million.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with SS Ian Desmond Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.8 million deal, according to a person familiar with the transaction. Desmond made $512,000 last season. He is under team control until the 2016 season, and the team could revisit a long-term deal before then.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers may be a bit frustrated with SS Hanley Ramirez's (shoulder) decision to play in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic. A minor shoulder injury in winter ball kept Ramirez from playing shortstop and now that he'll be playing in the Classic, he won't be able to focus on shortstop in spring training. Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar will be ahead of him at the position for the Dominican, and Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre will likely see all the playing time at third base. "It's hard to discourage a guy from playing for his country," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said at the time. "If I could if he would listen I would certainly talk to him because we would like him to play short." General manager Ned Colletti seems to be fine with Ramirez's decision to play in the Classic, though.

SS | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners avoided arbitration with SS Brendan Ryan Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.25 million deal.


Third Baseman

3B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals INF Matt Carpenter said he's making progress with his work at second base this offseason and expects to impress coaches.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (wrist) reiterated he is feeling good after wrist surgery in July, and is ready to take advantage of a second chance given to him by the team. "It's been a few years (since I've felt good)," Stewart said. "The last time I was fully healthy was 2010. But even then, I missed the last month with an oblique injury."

3B | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado said manager Buck Showalter told him to focus exclusively on playing third base this season. He will not field any grounders at shortstop during spring training.

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall (wrist) said Friday, Jan. 18, that he expects to begin spring training at 215-216 pounds. At the beginning of last season, he was listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. "I've been eating everything in sight," he said. "Lots of chicken and steak. No junk food. I didn't set out to gain a certain amount of weight, but I definitely wanted to get stronger. I've done that without losing flexibility or agility." Chisenhall was limited to 43 games in 2012 due to a fractured right ulna, but he said the right arm is as strong as it has ever been.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Chris D. Johnson will make $2.287 million and RP Brad Ziegler will earn $3.15 million after they avoided salary arbitration Friday, Jan. 18.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley filed at $10.3 million for salary arbitration, and the Padres countered at $7.075 million.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese filed at $3.75 million for salary arbitration, and the Cardinals countered at $2.4 million.

3B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Martin Prado filed at $7.05 million for salary arbitration, and the Braves countered at $6.65 million.


Catcher

C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said C Travis d'Arnaud and SP Zack Wheeler have a good chance at making the Opening Day roster if things work out. "I just don't want to rule anything out," Alderson said. "But at the same time, I don't want to create false expectations for our fans or put pressure on Travis. He hasn't played since last June (because of a knee injury). . . . As far as Opening Day is concerned, he could be with us. But we have a very capable veteran in John Buck as well." As for Wheeler, Alderson said his chances are less likely but "What if we don't add a pitcher. We're looking at guys like (Jeremy) Hefner, (Jenrry) Mejia. Wheeler pops up in that group. That's not preferred, by any means."

C | Miguel Perez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed free-agent C Miguel Perez (Pirates) to a minor-league contract.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have signed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million, avoiding arbitration.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday, Jan. 18, that he wants C Carlos Santana to catch as many games as possible because of how important it is to have offense at the position. Scouts and others criticized Santana's game-calling and defense last season.

C | Henry Blanco | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday, Jan. 18, that it is not set in stone that C Henry Blanco will be given the primary backup job to starting C J.P. Arencibia. "Blanco has not been guaranteed the job at all," Anthopoulos said. "That's why he's on a non-guaranteed contract. But again, if it works out that Blanco's the backup and (Josh Thole) ends up being optioned down here, organizationally that means things are going well. Blanco was good enough to be the backup and now we've got tremendous depth."

C | A.J. Jimenez | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have C J.P. Arencibia as their starter, with major league veterans C Henry Blanco and Josh Thole vying for the backup job. As such, prospect C A.J. Jimenez, who has just 105 at-bats at Double-A, has been pulled off the fast track by the team. "We don't want him to feel rushed and have to rely on him to be the backup early (in the majors) when he continues to need at-bats," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday, Jan. 18.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have not initiated talks on a long-term contract extension with C Matt Wieters, who avoided arbitration Friday, Jan. 18, by signing a one-year, $5.5 million deal. He has two years left before he's eligible for free agency. "He has this year and then two more years," executive vice president Dan Duquette said. "I'm sure there will be opportunities to discuss beyond that."

C | A.J. Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with C A.J. Ellis Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million deal.

C | John Baker | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with C John Baker Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $930,000 deal.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants avoided arbitration with C Buster Posey Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $8 million deal.


Outfielder

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks recently discussed the feasibility of a trade that would have sent OF Justin Upton to the Cubs, according to two major league sources. The deal fell apart when the Diamondbacks asked for SS Starlin Castro in return for Upton.

OF | Charles Thomas | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals signed free-agent OF Charles Thomas (Athletics) to a minor-league contract. Thomas last appeared in the majors in 2005 with the Oakland Athletics.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (wrist) has started hitting off a tee in California. He expects no difficulties with the wrist during spring training, and he plans to travel to Florida this week to start training at the team's complex with hitting coach Dave Hudgens. "It's going well, feels great," Duda said Sunday, Jan. 20.

OF | Bobby Abreu | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Bobby Abreu (Dodgers) has expressed interest in potentially joining the Miami Marlins in 2013.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano received a call about playing for Team Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, but he did not pursue it in order to focus on getting ready for spring training. "I'm ready to play hard, here or (with) another team," Soriano said, "because this is my job and this is what I like to do."

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have not had recent trade talks involving OFs Dexter Fowler or Carlos Gonzalez.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins no longer have interest in free-agent SP Manny Parra (Brewers) or free-agent OF Ryan Sweeney (Red Sox). They also had interest in free-agent SP Freddy Garcia (Yankees) but have not checked in on him since December.

OF | Garrett Jones | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Garrett Jones' one-year contract is worth $4.5 million. He made $2.25 million last season.

OF | Scott Hairston | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
There are few options remaining on the open market for outfielder or designated hitter help, and free-agent OF Scott Hairston (Mets) might be the only choice for the New York Yankees. However, he is lukewarm on his interest in the team, because the Yankees cannot promise an everyday job.

OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The New York Yankees expressed an interest in trading for then Washington Nationals 1B Mike Morse, who ended up going to the Seattle Mariners in a three-way trade this past week. The Yankees never received a callback from the Nationals.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey filed at $1.65 million for salary arbitration, and the Reds countered at $1.05 million.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with OF Brennan Boesch and RP Phil Coke Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to one-year deals with both. Boesch will receive $2.3 million and Coke will make $1.85 million in 2013.

OF | David Murphy | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF David Murphy filed at $6.5 million for salary arbitration, and the Rangers countered at $5.05 million.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo filed at $8 million for salary arbitration, and the Reds countered at $6.75 million.

OF | Gerardo Parra | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra filed at $2.7 million for salary arbitration, and the D-backs countered at $2.1 million.

OF | Tyler Colvin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies OF Tyler Colvin avoided arbitration Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.275 million deal, according to a major league source.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers 1B Corey Hart (knee) was dealing with swelling in his right knee during offseason workouts and underwent an MRI which revealed a defect in his joint surface. His rehab will include no weight on his knee for the first six to eight weeks. Hart likely will need six to eight more weeks after that to be ready to play.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with OF Austin Jackson, SP Doug Fister and C Alex Avila Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to one-year deals with each. Fister will make $4 million, Jackson will earn $3.5 million and Avila will receive $2.95 million this year.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with OF Jason Heyward Friday, Jan. 18, by signing him to a one-year, $3.65 million deal.

OF | Brandon Moss | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics have signed RP Jerry Blevins and OF Brandon Moss to one-year deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OF | Alejandro De Aza | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
Chicago White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza avoided arbitration Friday, Jan. 18, by signing a one-year deal worth $2.075 million.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury avoided arbitration Friday, Jan. 18, by signing a one-year deal worth $9 million.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration with OF Matt Joyce and INF Ryan Roberts Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to one-year deals. Joyce will make $2.45 million in 2013 and Roberts will make $2.95 million plus incentives.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with OF Roger Bernadina Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2125 million deal. Bernadina can make an extra $130,000 in performance bonuses. He made $493,000 last season.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee), who missed parts of the second half of last season because of injuries to his right knee, said he has no restrictions on the joint after having a check-up with team doctors Friday, Jan. 18. Hammel missed nearly eight weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his knee in mid-July, only to re-injure the joint in his second start since coming off the disabled list Sept. 11.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated Sunday, Jan. 20, that he does not see a fit for free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals). "It's really about opportunity at this point and the depth we have (at pitcher)," Mozeliak said. "Right now I would say from the Cardinals standpoint we feel we're moving on."

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated SP Lance Lynn is at the head of the race for the No. 5 starter job heading into spring training. "I look at Lance Lynn as the front-runner of that," Mozeliak said. "He deserves that. It's not something that I would advise him to lay down and just think it's his job." Lynn will be trying to hold off charges from Ps Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal.

SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies are aggressively pursuing free-agents SP Carl Pavano (Twins) and Derek Lowe (Yankees). The club would like to finalize a deal with another veteran this week.

SP | Chris Volstad | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent SP Chris Volstad (Cubs) to a $1.5 million minor-league contract Sunday, Jan. 20, according to multiple sources.

SP | Freddy Garcia | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Freddy Garcia (Yankees) has indicated that he might be interested in playing with the Miami Marlins in 2013.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright said he does not expect to set a firm deadline for talks between his agent and general manager John Mozeliak, as they work to hammer out a contract extension that would keep him with the team beyond the 2013 season. Wainwright said negotiations would not be a distraction for him because his agent would be the one speaking to Mozeliak.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) said he started throwing a month earlier this offseason than he had in previous years, in order to prove that his repaired shoulder was OK. "I just started getting my arm going a little earlier than I have in the past," he said. "I was a little anxious about the way I was going to feel. When you go through all the stuff that I've gone through there is always that doubt in your mind when you pick up the ball - what is it going to feel like?" Carpenter, 38, has not experienced any setbacks but the team would still like to ease him into a routine during spring training. He is not expected to make as many Grapefruit League starts as the team's younger starters.

SP | Miguel Batista | Colorado Rockies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies P Miguel Batista is expected to compete for a middle relief role in spring training.

SP | Joe Saunders | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, free-agent SP Joe Saunders (Orioles) has narrowed his focus to four teams: the Baltimore Orioles, the Minnesota Twins, the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has been working out with trainers in Houston for over a month and is expected to throw off a mound next week.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was enthused after SP Carlos Carrasco (elbow) threw in an indoor cage Friday, Jan. 18. The audible pop of the catcher's mitt made the skipper smile. "Granted, he was in the cage," Francona said. "But that ball was making a loud noise. It was exciting. If he's not healthy, nobody is."

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox Ps Felix Doubront and Franklin Morales have already reported to the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Manager John Farrell will meet with the duo Saturday, Jan. 19.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell will travel to Texas to meet with SP John Lackey (elbow), who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Farrell has said how important Lackey's contributions will be for the starting rotation in 2013.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija sees the big picture coming into focus with the team, and he likes direction the organization is headed under president Theo Epstein and the front office. He feels the team might surprise people after losing 101 games a season ago.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said the No. 5 rotation spot will be up for grabs heading into spring training. Ps Justin Grimm, Martin Perez and Robbie Ross will be in consideration. Perez has been working on his mechanics and refining his slider that he started developing last year. Grimm has been fine tuning his two-seam fastball and slider after making two starts last season.

SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with SP Edinson Volquez Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.725 million deal. He made $2.2375 million last season.

SP | Josh Outman | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration with SP Josh Outman Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $675,000 deal.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration with SP Justin Masterson Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to an undisclosed one-year deal.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard filed at $5.55 million for salary arbitration, and the Padres countered at $4.905 million.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald filed at $3.4 million for salary arbitration, and the Pirates countered at $2.65 million.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake filed at $3.5 million for salary arbitration, and the Reds countered at $2.65 million.

SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos filed at $4.7 million for salary arbitration, and the Reds countered at $4.15 million.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin filed at $2.6 million for salary arbitration, and the Rockies countered at $1.7 million.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey filed at $5.8 million for salary arbitration, and the Reds countered at $4.75 million.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann filed at $5.8 million for salary arbitration, and the Nationals countered at $4.6 million.

SP | Jason Vargas | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim avoided arbitration with SP Jason Vargas Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $8.5 million deal.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer filed at $7.4 million for salary arbitration, and the Tigers countered at $6.05 million.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with SP Rick Porcello Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.1 million deal. Porcello made $3.1 million last year.

SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada and RP Burke Badenhop avoided arbitration Friday, Jan. 18, by signing one-year deals. Estrada will make $1.955 million in 2013 while Badenhop will make $1.55 million.

SP | Brian Duensing | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins avoided arbitration with SP Brian Duensing Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million deal. He's expected to be the team's top lefty setup man this year.

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with SP Luke Hochevar Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $4.65 million deal. Hochevar can also make up to $100,000 in incentives.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy avoided arbitration Friday, Jan. 18, by signing a one-year deal worth $4.265 million.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros avoided arbitration with SP Bud Norris Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal, according to a source familiar with talks.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey will make $3.9 million as he avoided salary arbitration. Others that avoided arbitration Friday, Jan. 18, are RP Daniel Bard ($1.8625 million), RP Andrew Miller ($1.475 million) and RP Franklin Morales ($1.4875 million).

RP | Logan Ondrusek | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Updating a previous item, Cincinnati Reds RP Logan Ondrusek will make $950,000 this season and $1.35 million in 2014 as part of a two-year, $2.3 million contract.

RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean said it is unlikely that free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants) will return to the team next season. However, there is a possibility that he could return on a one-year, incentive-laden deal.

RP | Matt Lindstrom | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms with free-agent RP Matt Lindstrom (Diamondbacks) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RP | Craig Breslow | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with RP Craig Breslow on a two-year contract worth at least $6.25 million, avoiding arbitration. The deal is pending a physical and also includes an option year which could bring the total value of the deal to $10.15 million.

RP | Rich Hill | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Rich Hill (Red Sox) has been contacted by several teams, including the Boston Red Sox.

RP | Brandon Lyon | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are in advanced negotiations with free-agent RP Brandon Lyon (Blue Jays). If the Giants sign him, it will likely be their final move of the offseason.

RP | Nick Hagadone | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Nick Hagadone (wrist) said Friday, Jan. 18, that his surgically repaired left wrist has healed and that he is a full-go for the start of spring training.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Alfredo Aceves will represent Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. He is likely to serve as a starter for Mexico, so the team will stretch him out and get his pitch count up during camp before he reports for the WBC.

RP | Cristhian Martinez | Atlanta Braves | Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with RP Cristhian Martinez Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to an undisclosed one-year contract.

RP | Mitchell Boggs | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals avoided arbitration with RPs Mitchell Boggs and Edward Mujica Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to undisclosed one-year deals with both pitchers.

RP | James Russell | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with Ps Jeff Samardzija and James Russell Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to one-year deals with both. Samardzija will make $2.64 million and Russell will earn $1.075 million. Samardzija has a chance to make an extra $125,000 in performance bonuses.

RP | Tyler Clippard | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with RP Tyler Clippard Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million deal.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) threw a baseball for the first time Friday, Jan. 18, since undergoing Tommy John surgery Aug. 1. He only threw soft toss, and if he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he could return in July or August. "It felt good," Feliz said, adding through an interpreter, "I feel strong. I feel good. I've been doing what the team tells me to do. I have been lifting weights to get ready and I'm stronger."

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte filed at $5.5 million for salary arbitration, and the Cardinals countered at $4.5 million.

RP | Wilton Lopez | Colorado Rockies | Transaction,
The Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration with RP Wilton Lopez Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.7625 million deal.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson filed at $7.1 million for salary arbitration, and the Orioles countered at $5.7 million.

RP | Luke Gregerson | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Luke Gregerson filed at $3.75 million for salary arbitration, and the Padres countered at $2.875 million.

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo filed at $4.5 million for salary arbitration, and the Giants countered at $2.675 million.

RP | David Robertson | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP David Robertson filed at $3.55 million for salary arbitration, and the Yankees countered at $2.85 million.

RP | Ronald Belisario | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with RP Ronald Belisario Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.45 million deal. Belisario made $480,000 last season, and he'll make an extra $50,000 if he appears in 70 games this year.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with RP Joel Hanrahan Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $7.04 million deal.

RP | Matt Albers | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration with RP Matt Albers Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million deal.

RP | Ryan Webb | Miami Marlins | Transaction
Miami Marlins RP Ryan Webb avoided arbitration Friday, Jan. 18, by signing to a one-year deal worth $975,000.

RP | Boone Logan | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees avoided arbitration with RP Boone Logan Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.15 million deal. Logan receives a raise of $1.25 million.

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